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School library acquires CCSS-aligned books for young female readers

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 06, 2012 16:18 PM

As schools transition to new curricula that are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), officials from these institutions have to make sure the classroom materials they use are compatible with the new curricula. This means that many schools may need to add a few new books to their libraries in the months ahead.

One institution that has already added a few CCSS-aligned titles to its collection is the C.J. Hooker Middle School in New York, the Times Herald-Record reported. Using a $1,500 Cooperative Collection Development Grant from the Orange Ulster BOCES School Library System, C.J. Hooker purchased a series of books designed for young female readers, dubbed the "pink collection."

Girls attending classes at the Middle School now have access to more than 100 female-friendly books, which the library was lacking.

"I think it is awesome," Emily Iozzino, a C.J. Hooker student, told the news source. "It has all of the romance and fairy tales that I wanted to read."

While students of both genders are free to read whatever they want when they are not in class, the CCSS will require teachers to expose them to various written works, such as foundational U.S. documents and the plays of William Shakespeare, according to the CCSS’ website.